Update – Berinn is the winner of the giveaway!
And actually it is! But on my twisting path through the Internet doing justifiable research for my books, I’ve come across some incredibly useful and interesting sites. Sure there are also those that seem to be great time wasters – like www.stumbleupon.com. And boy can I spend hours there! Don’t get me started on the recipe or travel sections. And the cats and dogs would put a smile on anyone’s face.
No I mean sites that I had no idea where out there – and maybe I didn’t really want to know either. There are the child predators all mapped out so you can check your neighborhood (shudder) and the crime scene photos that you can view from countries with so little in the way of laws that there is nothing sacrosanct anymore! But there are sites that I found fascinating from another perspective.
Sites like this one – RSO EDIS Emergency and Disaster Information Service. Below is a screen shot of the world map taken last night.
Each of the symbols represents a disaster in progress. That can be an earthquake, typhoon, big fires…I hate to say it, but there are a lot of symbols. For example, the red triangles are epidemic hazards. The yellow triangle with a bird is a biological hazard. The red circles on the West Coast are forest fires. The circles up and down the gulf from Florida south are typhoons and storm warnings. And it goes on…
However, it’s fascinating to think that all this information is there in such a graphic way in real time! With a click of a button you can see what’s happening all over the globe.
Another site with in-depth earthquake information – past and present, is from the US government site on the latest earthquake news. This site gives each earthquake, when it happened, where it was centered and the magnitude of each – and that’s just for starters.
The yellow squares on the map are interactive – well on the website they are. LOL.
So you see, research time, isn’t all bad! And although I have several books that deal with natural disasters, that doesn’t mean all my research is of this ilk. There are also wonderful sites for walks down memory lane. One is this site on old vintage recipes – http://www.vintagerecipes.net/. Of special fun is the link on the right hand side of the website at the bottom on Etiquette! It’s well worth a peek…and a laugh.
What places on the Internet have you visited that you found surprisingly useful, interesting and yet totally unrelated to what you were originally doing? I’ll be giving away a copy of either Hide’n Go Seek or Touched by Death to one commenter! Their choice!